Silk Road Covered Bridge, Bennington

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The Silk Covered Bridge is a covered bridge, carrying Silk Road across the Walloomsac River between downtown Bennington, Vermont and the village of North Bennington. A Town lattice truss bridge, it was built in 1840, and is one of three covered bridges across the river in fairly close proximity. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The Silk Covered Bridge is located roughly midway between downtown Bennington and North Bennington, on Silk Road, which connects Vermont Route 67A and Vermont Route 279. The bridge has a relatively rural setting. It is oriented north-south across the west-flowing Walloomsac River. Its northern abutment is original stone slab, which has been faced in concrete, while the southern abutment is a reconstructed concrete structure. The bridge is a Town lattice truss, 88ft long, with a single-lane roadway 15ft wide. The sides of the bridge are clad in vertical boards, as are the insides of the portals, while the outside portal ends are finished in flush horizontal boards. In the center part of the bridge, the boards do not rise the full height of the truss.
The bridge was probably built in 1840 by Benjamin Sears, who was from a family of well-known bridge buildings in the region. The family is also credited with construction of the Paper Mill Village Bridge (1889), downriver a short way from this bridge; the Burt Henry Covered Bridge is also nearby, the three bridges all on a 2mi stretch of the river.
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  • This was so much fun to see the Silk Road Covered Bridge and a few others in the area. Very quaint and rich in history.  more »
  • I love covered bridges and this is a great little find. We stumbled on it and drove through it. The bridge is in great shape and worthy of a photo or two.  more »
  • there are 3 of the same covered bridges all within 1.8 miles of each other. Henry Covered Bridge has the nicest surrounds and Paper Mill Village Bridge seem to have the most history. all 3 are well keep and nice to see if you in the area.
  • Bennington, Vermont, go and visit 3 perfect country covered bridges in a 3 mile stretch. Yes, romantic, picturesque and historic !!!

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